Pistachio-Parmesan Cheese Straws!



If you’re anything like me, when you have a big celebration meal you like to serve bread at the table, but oftentimes it’s just too filling.

So instead, what I like to do is make cheese straws. They’re light and tasty, not  filling, but satisfy that bread urge.  Best of all they’re simple to make.

This is how I prepare them, but feel free to change the recipe to suit your taste.  These can be prepared ahead of time and sealed up in a zip lock baggy until ready to serve.

Place cheese straws in a glass jar or vase on the dining room table for all to indulge.

Parmesan-Pistachio Cheese Straws


1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup chopped toasted pistachios
1 tbsp. freshly ground pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp. coarse sea salt
1 package frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
1 large egg, lightly beaten


1. Stir the Parmesan cheese, pistachios, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a mixing bowl to blend.

2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.



3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out each sheet of puff pastry dough until 1/8-inch thick.  Brush dough with some egg and sprinkle evenly with Pistachio-Parmesan mixture.   Then sprinkle sea salt over the entire surface.

4. Cut dough into 1/8-inch wide strips using a pizza wheel, and transfer strips to  prepared baking sheets, spacing 1-inch apart.

5. Working with 1 strip at a time, twist each strip to form a spiral. (I forgot to shoot that photo with so many standing and talking to me in the kitchen. Hope this photo below gives you the idea.)



6. Freeze or refrigerate strips until they are very cold.

7. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450F degrees.

8. Bake cheese straws, rotating halfway through until they are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

So simple and delicious.  Serve in place of bread or even as an appetizer.

Perfect for the holidays!





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  1. These look seriously addicting. Who needs dinner. I’d just go to town on these. 😉

  2. Beautifully done, Vicki! What a simple, delicious appetizer…I’ve made bad cheese straws before…and will try your recipe. They look perfect!!!

    Merry Christmas!!!! xo

  3. Oh my Goodness! That looks so delicious!Puff pastry is just wonderful. I like the use of toasted pistachios.

  4. A baker I m not, but think I can manage such moreishness! Whilst typing this, I truly am wishing you and yours a wonderful Yuletide Season and all that you wish for yourself in the New Year! And thank you so much for all the recipes and tips I have received from you and all the fun I have had reading your posts!

  5. They sound delicious! I’ve made a similar version but love your idea of adding pistachios.

    Merry Christmas, Vicki!!

  6. I’ve made these before! Although not with the pistachio nuts – that’s a great idea. You’re right that these are perfect for the holidays (or anytime, really – great for company). Good stuff. Thanks for this, and happy holidays!

  7. Hi Vicki, your cheese straw look awesome. Thanks for sharing the delicious recipe.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Best regards. Greetings from Malaysia.

  8. I love cheese straws! Yours sound even better with pistachios!
    Merry Christmas!

  9. loved all your recipes so much! 🙂 1st time here. I love cheese straws!

    Merry XMas!

  10. Finally catching up on all my reading! Do you really cut these 1/8 inch wide and twist? Or am I reading something wrong? The photo looks like larger than 1/8 inch, but maybe they expand a bit when they cook. Considering for this weekend, they look delicious! Thanks – and glad you feel better!

    • I probably cut these closer to 1/4 inch. You can slice them as thick or thin as you want. However they will expand. They’re delicious, I think you’ll enjoy them. Just be sure to salt them after coating them otherwise they will lack flavor. The salt truly brings out the flavor. Hope you like them.

    • Thank you for the quick reply! Now to find some puff pastry . . .

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